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Philip Zimmerman on why he wrote PGP

This is actually from 1999 (updated from 1991), but I love this part:

The right to privacy is spread implicitly throughout the Bill of Rights. But when the United States Constitution was framed, the Founding Fathers saw no need to explicitly spell out the right to a private conversation. That would have been silly. Two hundred years ago, all conversations were private. If someone else was within earshot, you could just go out behind the barn and have your conversation there. No one could listen in without your knowledge. The right to a private conversation was a natural right, not just in a philosophical sense, but in a law-of-physics sense, given the technology of the time.

Read the entire piece here.

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Jumping in with both feet: An Open Source NASA Android app

I’ve long been a lover of Open Source.  Both from a philosophical point of view, and a quality of software point of view.  When I got serious about Linux in the 1990’s, I spent a lot of time contributing back to the community.  As time has gone by, I’ve been giving back less and less. In 2010, I’ve been working almost entirely commercially.  Sure I do Evadot for free and give all of my content there away as Creative Commons, but it’s really not enough.
I’ve been working on some Android apps for a while and as of today, there are few Space related apps in the Android ethos.  I’ve been following the excellent work of people like Rob Schingler at NASA, and been reading the Oreilly book “Open Government”.  It seems like a good fit to launch an Open Source Android project around the “new” NASA.

Ideally, we, the Android user and developer community should be able to contribute a little each to a project like this.

If you had a clean slate for an Android app with a NASA theme, what would you want on it?  What parts of NASA would you want in your pocket or purse, and always at your fingertips?

A few things I’d like to have with me are:

But that’s just me.  Tell me what you want to see!

If you’re interested in helping, the project page has just been put on Github.  It’s just a skeleton project at this point, so let’s light this candle and get to work!